Ford Funeral
President Ford in the Oval Office, 1975.

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WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Dec. 29, 2006) - A state funeral is scheduled for Gerald R. Ford, Jr., the 38th President of the United States, who died Tuesday evening at his home in Rancho Mirage, California.

The six-day remembrance will take place in three stages, with observances in California, Friday, at the national capital Saturday through Tuesday, and in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday.
The first stage of the state funeral, beginning today in California includes:

<b>Friday, Dec. 29, 2006</b>

- 12:20 p.m. (PDT/PST) A military ceremony at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, to receive President Ford's remains.
- 4 to 8 p.m. (PDT/PST) A Guard of Honor will attend Ford's remains.

<b>Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006 </b>

- 9:45 a.m. (PDT/PST) A ceremonial departure of President' Ford's remains will mark the transportation of the casket to Palm Springs Regional Airport.
- 10:15 a.m. (PDT/PST) Ceremonial departure of President Ford's remains, en route to Andews Air Force Base, Md.

The second stage of ceremonial remembrance in Maryland and Washington D.C. includes:

<b>Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006</b>

- 5:20 p.m. (EDT/EST) Ceremonial arrival of President Ford's remains at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Following the arrival ceremony, a presidential motorcade will transport President Ford's remains to the U.S. Capitol.
- En route The motorcade will travel through Alexandria, Va., in remembrance of Ford's long residence in that city as a congressman and as vice president of the United States.
- 5:35 p.m. (EDT/EST) The motorcade will pause at the World War II Memorial located on the National Mall at 17th Street.
- 6:30 p.m. (EDT/EST) Arrival and ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on the East Steps to the U.S. House of Representatives. President Ford's casket will lie in repose at the open House doors, honoring his time in Congress. The casket will then be carried through Statuary Hall. President Ford's remains will then be moved to the Rotunda for the Lying in State portion of the state funeral.

<b>Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006</b>

- Ford's remains lie in state with a Guard of Honor. Public viewing will be allowed at this time.

<b>Monday, Jan. 1, 2007</b>

- Ford's remains lie in state with a Guard of Honor. Public viewing will be allowed at this time.

<b>Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007</b>

- 9:15 a.m. (EDT/EST) Public viewing is complete at this site.
- 9:30 a.m. (EDT/EST) President Ford's remains depart the Rotunda. Official motorcade proceeds to the Washington National Cathedral, passing the White House en route.
- 10 a.m. (EDT/EST) A ceremonial reception of President Ford's remains at the Washington National Cathedral.
- 10:30 a.m (EDT/EST) The national funeral service for President Ford begins.
- 11:30 a.m. (EDT/EST) The official motorcade will transport the casket from the cathedral to Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
- 12:15 p.m. (EDT/EST) Ceremonial departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

The third stage in Grand Rapids, Michigan includes:

<b>Tuesday, Jan.2, 2007</b>

- 2:15 p.m. (EDT/EST) Ceremonial arrival at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, Mich.
- 2:30 p.m. (EDT/EST) Presidential motorcade will transport President Ford's remains to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum for a brief private service.
Wednesday, Jan.3, 2007
- 1 p.m. (EST/EDT) President Ford's remains will depart the museum with ceremony and proceed to Grace Episcopal Church for a private funeral service.
- 1:30 p.m. (EST/EDT) President Ford's remains will be received at the church with ceremony.
- 3 p.m. (EDT/EST) A ceremonial departure of President' Ford's remains from the church un route to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum for a private interment service.
- 3:30 p.m. (EDT/EST) President Ford's casket will arrive at the museum for a private interment service immediately following the arrival ceremony.

This private interment will conclude official state funeral proceedings for President Gerald R. Ford.

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